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Job Actor
Years active 1926-1971
Known for Many ethnicities, various fiends and comic characters of vague foreign backgrounds
Top Roles Uncle Vince, Nicky Duvalle, A Police Informer, Grand Vizier, Papa Donnetti
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Crime, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), World War II
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Director), (Producer)
Shares birthday with Telly Savalas, Paul Scofield, David Weisbart  see more..

J. Carrol Naish Overview:

Character actor, J. Carrol Naish, was born Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish on Jan 21, 1896 in New York City, NY. Naish died at the age of 77 on Jan 24, 1973 in La Jolla, CA and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

MINI BIO:

You could never tell what swarthy American actor, J. Carrol Naish, would turn up as next. He played Italians, Indians, Orientals, Spaniards, Greeks, Mexicans and dozens of others -- besides ape-men, hunchbacks and various fiends and comic characters of vague foreign back grounds. Almost always hidden beneath make-up, people would have been hard-pressed to recognize Naish as himself. He was virtually lost to films after starting to play Charlie Chan on TV in 1958.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Naish was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActorSahara (1943)GiuseppeNominated
1945Best Supporting ActorA Medal for Benny (1945)Charlie MartiniNominated
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J. Carrol Naish Quotes:

Bobby Martin: [while bank is being robbed] Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Chapman, Bank Robber: C'mere kid. C'mere!
[offers candy]
Chapman, Bank Robber: Stick these in your kisser and go suck on 'em. Now go back to your mother.
Chapman, Bank Robber: Thank you!
Chapman, Bank Robber: You're welcome.


Garabato: The bull is not the beast! Look at the crowd! That is the real beast!


Uncle Vince: Nobody wants kids around... they clutter up the house.


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J. Carrol Naish Facts
Although of Irish ancestry, it is believed he never played a character of that type. Untrue. He played Gen. Phil Sheridan (of Irish ancestry) in Rio Grande (1950).

Hobbies: writing, singing, cooking, tennis and golf.

Best known for playing Latin, Arab, and East Indian characters.

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